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US Church Dumps 'Negative' Nazi Imagery
The United Church of YHWH, an anti-Semitic church formed by white supremacists, has
abandoned its neo-Nazi imagery, such as swastikas, Nazi uniforms and armbands, noting that
the symbols are considered 'negative' by those who might otherwise be open to their
One of the fundamental beliefs of the church, which is located in eastern Alabama, is
that white Anglo-Saxons are the chosen people in the Torah, not the Jewish people. The
head pastor of the church was formerly involved in the Aryan Nations, a neo-Nazi
organization in the U.S. The church has ties in Germany, the Czech Republic and
Israel Lowers Expectations for Peace Deal by End of 2008
By Robert Berger (VOA-Jerusalem)
There were high hopes for peace in the Middle East after last week's summit in
Annapolis, Md. but now, the mood is not as optimistic.
The Annapolis conference set a goal of reaching a final peace agreement between Israel
and the Palestinians by the end of next year. But Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is lowering
Olmert told the Cabinet that that while Israel will make every effort to hold speedy
negotiations, there is no commitment to a firm timetable. He said there could be no peace
agreement until the Palestinians carry out their commitments under the
internationally-backed "Road Map" peace plan and crack down on terrorist groups.
But Cabinet Minister Rafi Eitan doubts Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will do
that. Eitan said he expects Palestinian terror to continue for decades.
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said his side is ready to keep its commitments under
the Road Map. And with regard to reaching a peace agreement by the end of next year, he
said, "where there is a will, there is a way. And I hope that our leaders will take the
decisions required to achieve the historic treaty that is needed for Palestinians and
Israelis in order to establish the two-state solution."
And in a goodwill gesture to Abbas, Israel plans to release 429 Palestinian security
prisoners on Monday.
In a related story, the three terrorists who were arrested for the murder of Ido Zoldan
were Palestinian Authority policemen. The terrorists shot and killed Zoldan in a drive-by
attack with weapons that they received from Israel in order to fight terrorism in Judea
Shortly after the fatal attack, Olmert announced that he planned to allow nearby PA
forces in Shechem to import 25 armored vehicles, 1,000 guns and two million bullets.
Study: U.S., Israel Should Plan Iran Strike
Israel and the United States should begin an intense dialogue on ways to deal with
Iran's nuclear plans and should study ways to attack Iran's nuclear facilities, a new
The report, by a former deputy head of the National Security Council, Chuck Freilich,
said Israel and the U.S. should discuss nuclear-crisis scenarios between Israel and Iran.
The report, entitled "Speaking about the Unspeakable," was released over the weekend by
the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Advertisement
Freilich assumes that detailed talks between the U.S. and Israel on Iran do not extend
beyond exchanges of intelligence, coordination of diplomatic moves and the supply of
sophisticated weapons to Israel.
According to Freilich, a lack of symmetry exists between the U.S. and Israel on the
Iranian threat, although both use similar rhetoric toward it. From Israel's perspective,
Iran presents a potential existential threat, so its nuclear plans must be stopped at
almost any price. In contrast, the U.S. is disturbed by the implications of nuclear
weapons in Iran but does not see it as an existential threat.
In Freilich's view, this difference in evaluations dictates the nature of the dialogue.
The U.S. is leery about talks with Israel on military action against Iran, and Israel is
concerned about talks on security alternatives if Iran's nuclear status is accepted.
Freilich listed the alternatives; he believes that diplomacy and sanctions have a slim
chance of success. He mentioned a quasi-military alternative such as a naval blockade or
secret sabotage action, an Israeli or American military action, or coming to terms with a
nuclear Iran, with the U.S. giving security assurances to Israel. He opposes the proposal
that Israel move to an open nuclear policy to deter Iran.
Freilich said Israel would prefer that the U.S. attack Iran. He notes that if Israel
believes it can successfully attack Iran, Israel fears that the U.S. would veto the plan,
so Israel would not unveil the scheme ahead of time. The U.S. would also keep secret from
Israel any intention of attacking Iran.
Freilich believes that despite these mutual reservations, detailed discussions between
the U.S. and Israel should be held on possible military action against Iran because of the
need to separate forces if Israel attacks Iran and U.S. forces are in the way. In
addition, Iran in any case would see the U.S. and Israel as cooperating and would respond
Freilich proposes a dialogue on Iran's possible responses, on terror attacks and the
disruption of oil shipments from the Gulf to the West. But he also seeks a dialogue on how
to live with a nuclear Iran.
Temple Institute: High Priest's Crown is Ready!
The Temple Institute in Jerusalem announced the completion of the Tzitz, the High
Priest's headplate - now ready for use in the Holy Temple.
The tzitz is made of pure gold, was fashioned over the course of a more than a year by
the craftsmen of the Temple Institute, and is ready to be worn by the High Priest in the
rebuilt Holy Temple in Jerusalem. The words "Holy for G-d" are engraved on the headplate,
in accordance with Exodus 28:36.
Rabbi Chaim Richman, international director of the Temple Institute, explained to
Arutz-7 that until it can actually be used, the tzitz will be on view in the Institute's
permanent exhibition display, together with other vessels and priestly garments fashioned
for use in the Holy Temple by the Institute.
Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, director of the Institute, explained to Arutz-7 some of the
Halakhic [Jewish legal] aspects of the fashioning of the vessels for the Temple. "For one
thing," he said, "they are made in impurity - for now we are impure, and will remain
impure until we are able to have a Red Heifer whose ashes can be used in the
Torah-prescribed purification ceremony. If no Red Heifer is available, then the High
Priest must even serve in the Holy of Holies on Yom Kippur in a state of impurity."
Asked whether the fact that the vessels are dedicated for the Temple does not render
them hekdesh (consecrated) and therefore forbidden for any other use, Ariel explained,
"There are two stages. First of all, we make it very clear to the donors and to the
craftsmen that the ultimate purpose of these vessels is not to be used for exhibitions or
the like, but rather for the fulfillment of Torah commandments in the Holy Temple. They
must know this in advance.
"However, to gain the actual status of hekdesh, we similarly make it clear that this
does not happen until the vessel is actually brought in to the Temple Mount for use in the
Temple. This means that someone can try on and measure the headplate, for example,
without worrying that he is benefiting in any way from something that has been consecrated
to the Temple."
Richman noted that in less than two weeks, on Rosh Chodesh Tevet, the famous Menorah
(candelabrum) - suitable for use in the Holy Temple, familiar to visitors to the Cardo
section of the Old City of Jerusalem - will be relocated to the landing of the wide
staircase that leads down from the Jewish Quarter to the Western Wall. It will be
protected inside the same type of glass structure that now houses it.
The new tzitz is an improvement on one made several years ago, in that it has a
backpiece, in accordance with some commentators and the account of Josephus. In addition,
it has a locking mechanism so that it will not slip off the Priest's head, and can be
adjusted to fit heads of different sizes. The old one will be preserved, of course as a
"spare," in keeping with the Mishnaic account that several models of various vessels were
kept in the Temple, in case the need arose to replace one.
Asked what project they're working on at present, Richman said, "We have begun work on
120 sets of garments for 'regular' priests, not the High Priest. This involves special
thread from India, etc. In addition, we have begun work on architectural blueprints for
the Third Temple, including cost projection, modern supplies, electricity, plumbing,
"At present," Rabbi Richman explained, "people are in despair, and wonder if we're not
dreaming futilely while around us our leaders are planning to give the country away. We
say to them: It appears that those who went to Annapolis are the dreamers, thinking that
their efforts to make peace will succeed, or that the public is with them in their efforts
to give away our Jerusalem, our Temple Mount, and other national historic assets.
"We are now approaching the holiday of Chanukah," Richman continued, "which is the
holiday that commemorates the re-dedication of the Holy Temple. We're not just building
beautiful vessels; we're interested in granting God the dwelling place that He wants in
this world; the Temple is not merely a building, but a way of bringing God into our lives
in a very real way. And that is what we aim to do. This tzitz is God's Chanukah present
to us, and our Chanukah gift to the Jewish People."
Putin Wins Big in Be'er Sheva
Thousands of Israelis with Russian citizenship made their way Sunday to 11 polling
stations across the country to cast their vote in the elections for a new State Duma,
Russia's lower parliament.
Most of those who voted in the Negev's capital Be'er Sheva were retired citizens who
immigrated to Israel in the past 10 years and hold dual citizenship. "More people have
come to vote this time than in previous elections," Be'er Sheva election committee
chairman Valery Nazrov said. "Over 500 people showed up by noontime, and we expect
The majority of Russians who waited in line said they would vote for President Vladimir
Putin's party. "He is a strong man who will rule Russia with a strong hand," one immigrant
said. "He was the one who led Russia to where it is today."
According to exit polls published Sunday evening, Putin's party won more than 60 percent
of the vote.
Eva Lidvaneskia, told Ynet that "Russia would have been even stronger today had Putin
come to power earlier." However, a small number of the immigrants who arrived at the
polling station said they would not vote for Putin's party, citing the president's
"I'm voting for the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, because Putin's actions have
not been democratic enough and his methods are not acceptable," Raisa Virtzov said. "They
tell us these stories here of how great Russia is now, but those who live there know that
the situation is not as good as the media makes it out to be."
U.S. Holocaust Museum to have Public Access to ITS Records This Month
The U.S. Holocaust Museum (USHMM) plans to accept inquiries regarding the collection of
Holocaust-related records of the International Tracing Service this month, perhaps as
early as December 3.
What USHMM currently has is part of the record collection of ITS plus the entire
Central Names Index (CNI) of 50 million digitized index cards providing information about
17 million people. These cards place an individual in a specific place at a specific time.
The balance of the record collection will be given to USHMM and other repositories, such
as Yad Vashem, over the next two years.
In most cases, genealogists will find the information contained on the Central Names Index to be adequate and the actual document from which it is derived to be more of historical interest. This is because most of the information on the source document about a specific individual was transcribed onto the index card. I have placed on the Internet sample index cards at http://www.avotaynu.com/arolsen.htm. They include sample cards of deportations, deaths, refugees, inquiries, etc.
People will be requested to fill out a form that will be available at the USHMM website
and other means. In theory, USHMM will be willing to make any reasonable search, and if
there are results, they will provide the inquirer with copies of the original source
documents. This may be a long-term goal, because it is guaranteed that USHMM will be
swamped with requests in the short term.
The Museum will allow people to come to their facility in Washington, DC, and do
searches of the Central Names Index by themselves. This may be necessary for those who
want to browse the index to do searches that are unreasonable requests (for example, would
occupy too much time of a member of the USHMM staff), generic searches or those that do
not want to wait for a response from the museum.
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